Each of a number of crossbars in a mineshaft, serving as supports or steps.
More example sentences
- A nerve testing traverse across a ninety foot deep stope on wooden stemples gets the adrenalin pumping, especially when trying to balance on one whilst taking photos!
- The entrance drops steeply down over boulders to the head of the first pitch (rigging guide) where there is a stemple which did not, however, give the pot its name.
- A bit of extra fun was three stemples a few inches above the water which had to be ducked.
mid 17th century: perhaps related to German Stempel.